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Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more athletes, become a sports specialist or get a job in a sports setting...so you can finally enjoy the career that you’ve always dreamed of? If so, you’re in the right place...this podcast is for you. Your host is Dr. Chris Garcia, a physical therapist, business owner, entrepreneur, nationally recognized public speaker, and residency-trained sports specialist. Dr. Chris Garcia, PT, DPT, SC ...
 
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”What is the future for orthopedic and sports physical therapy and how will CEU courses slow this down?” In this episode, I explain how CEU courses and continued care for body regions only will facilitate a “dependency” model for athletes. If you’re a sports PT and want to stay ahead of the game and see what you can be doing outside of CEU courses …
 
As members of a service-based industry, healthcare and fitness professionals are faced with the constant pressure to help people. That's why we do what we do, right? To help people. Unfortunately, we don't always focus on ourselves, leading to things like burnout, imposter syndrome, and stress. In this episode of The Sports Physical Therapy Podcast…
 
”How would you return an athlete back to soccer 10 months s/p ACL reconstruction?” In this episode, I share a complex case study and outline a weekly progression to return to contact and practice integration. If you’re a PT and want to improve your return to sport progressions with ACLs, you need to tune into this episode. Enjoy! __________________…
 
Working in professional sports is a dream of many physical therapists. Here's what it's like working in the NFL. In this week's episode of The Sports Physical Therapy Podcast, I talk with Aaron Borgmann who worked in the NFL for 12 seasons. We discuss his experience, what it's like working in the NFL, and some tips on getting started working in pro…
 
”What advice do you have for new grad PT's interested in sports physical therapy?” In this episode, I share four important tips every new grad PT should use in their first 2-3 years of practice. If you’re a PT student, new grad PT, or established PT who mentors PTs, this episode is for you. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a phy…
 
It's well established that persistent quadriceps strength deficits are common after ACL reconstruction. Despite a lot of attention, we still continue to struggle in restoring quadriceps strength after surgery. As important as quad strength is after ACL surgery, recent research is showing that strength doesn't always correlate to biomechanical chang…
 
”Why does being a Doctor of Physical Therapy work against you?” In this episode, I share why you should not be a Doctor of Physical Therapy and why this concept will help you get athletes to stay on your schedule. I also share how it will help prevent athletes from canceling or dropping off your schedule. Enjoy! ____________________________________…
 
Many students and early career professionals are considering residencies to further their education and to specialize in a certain aspect of physical therapy. In this episode of The Sports Physical Therapy Podcast, I talk with Dave Nolan about how to determine if a residency is a good idea for you, what to look for in a sports physical therapy resi…
 
How do coaches at the elite level create programs for professional athletes? How do their programs integrate with medical professionals throughout the season? If you’re a sports PT, you need to tune in. In this episode, I interview Kris Mack, USA Track and Field coach, and we discuss the following: ✅ Roles and responsibilities as an Olympic track a…
 
There are many different options to use as grafts during ACL reconstruction surgery, These include both allograft and autograft tissue and different options for autografts. Lenny Macrina and I talk about the latest trends in ACL reconstruction graft options, the pros and cons of each, and how different grafts may impact the rehabilitation in this w…
 
“What is it like to create strength and conditioning programs for professional athletes?” How do you manage programming over the course of a full year or season of training? If you want to improve your confidence and structure with programming for athletes, this episode is for you. I interview Jamie Myers, senior strength and conditioning coach at …
 
“What should I avoid when creating a strength and conditioning program for a patient or athlete?” If you’ve ever lacked confidence in designing a program, you need to listen to the four common mistakes I see PT’s make. In this episode, I share feedback from personal experience and strength and conditioning coaches in professional sports. Enjoy! ___…
 
Welcome to The Sports Physical Therapy Podcast! I'm super excited to be starting this brand new podcast. I'm going to be featuring weekly interviews with established and emerging leaders in the field of sports medicine, rehabilitation, and performance training. My goal is to help you stay current by featuring interviews with authors of recent journ…
 
Meet one of my mentors, John DeWitt, PT, DPT, SCS, AT. John is an assistant Clinical Professor and the director of physical therapy residency and fellowship programs at The Ohio State University. John has impacted my personal and professional development and has massively impacted the world of sports physical therapy. In this episode, we discuss… ✅…
 
Baseball pitching has been shown to have both acute and chronic changes to both the mobility and strength of the arm. But until recently, we didn't fully understand why. In this week's podcast, I'm joined by Steve Thomas to discuss his recent publication on The Acute Effect of Pitching on Range of Motion, Strength, and Muscle Architecture, which ma…
 
“How do I stay on track to reach my professional goals and avoid getting stuck?” If you want continued success on your career path, you need to tune into this week’s episode. In this episode, I share the two most critical points where most PTs fail in their career. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiot…
 
Are you feeling burnt out as a physical therapist? Do you find yourself losing passion for the profession? If so, you need to listen to this podcast episode. In this episode, I share the three most common tips I give to new grads and established clinicians to avoid the dreaded “PT burnout.” Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a phy…
 
Hear my biggest takeaways from attendees and the future of sports PT in acute injury management. _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more athletes, become a sports specialist or get a job in a sports setting...so you can finally enjoy the career t…
 
Do you want to get started in the “sports physical therapy world” but don’t know where to start? After working over a decade in professional sports and working with professional athletes, I’ve learned different pathways clinicians can take to get their foot in the door. In this episode, I share my personal roadmap on how I started and how you, too,…
 
Have you ever worked with a patient that impacted your life…someone who made you truly appreciate what you do as a physical therapist? In this episode, I share one of my most memorable patient cases. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more…
 
What type of student do you think I was in PT school? The answer may shock you. I didn’t have the typical route to PT school or within PT school. In this episode, I share my path to get into PT school and the unique experiences I had along the way. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking …
 
How do you help an athlete with an ACL-deficient knee return to the Olympics in 6 weeks after an acute injury? Stay tuned because in this episode, I share one of the most complex cases I’ve had to manage within a short timeline…just before the Olympic Games. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapis…
 
How do you manage injuries on the road? What do you pack to travel with a team on an airplane, train, or bus? What is a typical day or weekly schedule when traveling internationally with professional athletes? In this episode, I share some of my most memorable experiences traveling with professional athletes. Enjoy! ________________________________…
 
Have you ever been hesitant to reach out to surgeons, fellow PTs, or other healthcare professionals to discuss a shared patient or athlete? In this episode, I share my strategies to seamlessly and effectively collaborate with other healthcare professionals to help you position yourself as a team player and build a strong reputation in your communit…
 
What gets you fired in professional sports? It’s tough to get a job in professional sports but what does it take to keep your dream job? After working in professional sports for a decade, I share my experience and the 3 things that will get you terminated in professional sports or in your clinical setting. Enjoy! ___________________________________…
 
What separates the best PTs from the worst PTs? Is it their motivation? No. Is it their treatment skills? No. After observing and working with thousands of PTs in the US and around the world, I share three qualities I see in some of the worst PTs. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking f…
 
How do treat patients or athletes with rare diagnoses or conditions? How would you help an athlete with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or severed deep peroneal nerve? In this episode, I share three of the most challenging cases in my career. You’ll hear about my lessons learned and how I’ve improved in my practice because of the cases. Enjoy! _____________…
 
How do keep an athlete fit and strong when they’re injured? How can you maintain their strength and lung capacity when they’re recovering from an injury that takes 8-12 weeks to heal? In this episode, I share my framework to address fitness, strength, endurance, physical therapy, and return to sport progressions with an injured athlete. Enjoy! ____…
 
When do you return athletes back to sport after a grade 1 groin strain? When do you start linear or multidirectional running? In this episode, I share my return to sport progressions for professional athletes and community members. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, …
 
Do you want to take more CEU courses related to athletes but don’t know where to start? Which courses are best for treating athletes? In this episode, I share the exact courses I recommend to PT students, new grads, or anyone interested in sports PT. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist lookin…
 
Do you feel like athletes don’t listen to your recommendations? Do you ever feel frustrated with their compliance? If so, you’re likely missing something in your session, communication style, and ultimately “buy-in.” In this episode, I share three critical things to include in your sessions to set up athletes for success. Enjoy! ___________________…
 
Have you ever struggled with a parent or coach who wanted their youth athlete to return to sport against your medical advice? How can you prevent this in the future? In this episode, I review key strategies to ensure you are able to successfully return a youth athlete back to sport with their parents and coaches on board with your plan of care. Enj…
 
Do you really need a mentor? Absolutely. Mentorship is more than teaching you a few technical skills (mobilization, taping, etc). Mentorship is ensuring you’re on the right path throughout your career. In this episode, I talk about my upbringing, my experience with mentoring PTs, and my resistance to being mentored. You’ll love this episode. Enjoy!…
 
How do you integrate strength and conditioning into your rehab protocol? Is it better to develop strength first and then endurance? Can you provide pain relief and simultaneously help return an athlete to sport? These are some of the questions I review in this week’s podcast. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist…
 
Have you found yourself stuck asking yourself, when is the best time to safely return an athlete to sport after injury? Have you been confident you made the right decision? In this episode, I share the same four critical components I use when returning professional athletes safely back to sport. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you …
 
Have you ever thought to plan for patients not getting better? What if you could forecast exactly what their recovery path could look like? In this episode, I share my strategy and exact outline to create “Plan A, B, and C” to ensure patients and athletes are improving every session. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical t…
 
How do you change your approach to managing subacute back pain compared to chronic back pain? The answer is simple and explained in this week’s episode. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more athletes, become a sports specialist or get a …
 
Have you ever managed patients with acute low back pain? I’ve seen so many clinicians try to apply chronic low back pain treatment to acute back pain…and it doesn’t work. In fact, it makes it worse. In this week’s episode, I share my personal back pain story and I share tips on how to manage acute back pain with your patients. Enjoy! ______________…
 
Did you know there is a stigma about physical therapists in the CrossFit community? Why is that? Are you a physical therapist that falls into this category? Tune in to this week’s podcast to find out. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with mor…
 
When should you refer out for a possible stress fracture? How do you manage those athletes to ensure they safely return to sport. How would you progress athletes with bone injuries and a set date for a competition? If you struggle to answer these questions, you need to tune into this week’s episode. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are …
 
Does your choice of PT school impact your future career? Do some PT schools offer better job opportunities? In this episode, I share my opinion on the topic and share my personal story of how my PT school impacted my career path in pro sports. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for t…
 
Do you feel confident progressing athletes from an acute injury back to sport in a short timeline? Do you want more confidence making return to sport decisions? If so, this podcast is perfect for you. Tune in to learn my step-by-step progressions to help athletes transition safely back to sport after MCL injuries. Enjoy! ___________________________…
 
Do you struggle with treating patients with SIJ pain? Do you find yourself stuck with your assessment or treatment strategies? In this episode, I share the strategies I use with professional athletes. Enjoy! ______________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with mo…
 
Do you want to work with more pro athletes? Or do you find yourself stuck tailoring sessions to higher-level athletes? If so, this episode is perfect for you. In this episode, I share THREE critical tips to set you up for success when treating pro athletes. Enjoy! _____________________________________ Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist…
 
Why did you enter your professional PT career? Do you still have the same passion? I share my personal story of why I became a physical therapist...and it all started when I was 14 years old. And my passion is STRONGER than ever! Tune in to this episode to learn more. Enjoy! ___________________________________________ Are you a physical therapist o…
 
Are you confident you can help patients return to ADLs, full return to sport, and 100% full recovery via a subjective report? Can you confidently predict soft tissue healing timelines for acute, chronic, and post-operative cases? If you’ve ever struggled with gauging healing timelines, this podcast is for you. I review my framework and how I use it…
 
Have you ever wondered why some of the best sports PTs are good at their craft? In this episode, I explain the FOUR most important qualities I see in some of the world's best physical therapists. Enjoy! Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more athletes, become a sports specialist or g…
 
Do you want to treat athletes at a world event like the Olympics? Have you ever wondered what's like to be a physical therapist and travel with professional athletes? If so, this episode is for YOU. Enjoy! Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more athletes, become a sports specialist o…
 
If you're a new grad and you're interested in becoming a sports physical therapist, these tips are critical to your personal and professional growth in your first few years of practice. Tune in to this episode to learn why. Enjoy! Are you a physical therapist or physiotherapist looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more athletes, bec…
 
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